William Laud

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William Laud, published by David Loggan, after  Sir Anthony Van Dyck, circa 1684 (circa 1635-1637) - NPG D11415 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Laud

published by David Loggan, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
mezzotint, circa 1684 (circa 1635-1637)
13 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (345 mm x 252 mm) plate size; 15 1/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (385 mm x 290 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
Reference Collection
NPG D11415


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Sitterback to top

  • William Laud (1573-1645), Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter associated with 61 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • Sir Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641), Painter. Artist associated with 1017 portraits, Sitter associated with 31 portraits.
  • David Loggan (1634-1692), Artist and engraver. Artist associated with 191 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Loggan's address has been rubbed off the impression. Browne may have acquired the plate or impressions from Loggan conceiving it to be a pair to his mezzotint of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford. Laud and Strafford were loyal to Charles I and were the two most prominent Royalist 'martyrs' of the Civil War. Browne no doubt sold the prints to cash in on the nostalgia for the reign of Charles I.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG 171: William Laud (based on same portrait)

Events of 1684back to top

Current affairs

James, Duke of York's influence grows within Charles II's government; the Admiralty commission is abolished, allowing James to resume his role as lord admiral, in all but name. A new generation of Tories, supporters of James are bestowed with influential roles, including Sir George Jeffreys, recently appointed Lord Chief Justice.

Art and science

Italian decorative artist, Antonio Verrio, is appointed 'principal Gardiner and Surveyor' to the King. Author, John Bunyan, publishes the second part of his Pilgrim's Progress.

International

Luxembourg surrenders to French forces. Renewed fighting between the French Bourbons and the Spanish Habsburgs had broken out the year before when French troops laid seize to Luxembourg and entered the Spanish Netherlands. Charles II rejects Spanish demands for assistance, determined to remain detached from the conflict.

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